(Closed) still no dress, still hate shopping, going slightly crazy

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What should I tell my consultants tomorrow?

    Pretend it's your first appointment so they'll be more excited for you.

    Explain everything and beg for help.

    Act reasonable at the beginning, but have crazy in your pocket ready to go.

    Just glue gun a bunch of glitter and rhinestones onto a potato sack sewn to a bedsheet.

  • Post # 17
    244 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @TrousseauHorse:  I am so frustrated on your behalf.  I hate that you can love a dress online and its such a struggle to actually find it in person.  Baltimore isn’t too far from NYC, any chance you would take a roadtrip to go to a huge store like Kleinfelds? 

    Post # 20
    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    This lazaro is stunning, I saw it in my bridal store. Mine is similar but without straps. Don’t know the model but it’s fairly recent! 

    Post # 22
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @TrousseauHorse:  Have you found anything like this through your online/magazine searches? What is the inspiration for your dress in your mind? Is it a particular designer? If so, I would focus on finding where those dresses are sold, rather then just hoping you find something similar. I would tell you, don’t be afraid to try on EVERYTHING even though you have a particular style in mind. This is my encore wedding (first one was an “oops” lol) and both times I ended up with a dress I never thought I would like. Good luck!

    Post # 23
    7813 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I think you might be overthinking it. 50 dresses seems quite excessive to me. By now, you must have some idea of what looks good on you. If not, then something is going terribly wrong with these appointments.

    Post # 26
    119 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If you know exactly what you want and the dresses you want to try are current, then call the salons that carry those designers and ask if they’ll bring the samples in so you can try them.  It will cost you money ($100 where i live) but if you end Up buying the dress, the salon would likely apply that amount to the purchase.  If you’re certain, I’d give it a try.

    Post # 27
    567 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @TrousseauHorse: Dude, spend the 50 bucks to have the Demetrios sample sent to the store. So much stress over such a little amount. I spend that going out to a nice dinner with DH.  

    Post # 28
    64 posts
    Worker bee

    Hello fellow Baltimore bride! I’m surprised so many places have given you the stink face about what you want :(. That’s so frustrating! I have also been to a lot of shops in different cities (3 in NY, 2 in Baltimore, and hopefully some more in TX) and not sure if I’ve found the one yet.

    Have you tried Elegant Touch in Baltimore? I went there last month and was helped by Heather, who was super nice and easy going. I would definitely recommend her as someone who won’t give attitude. I had specific things that I wanted too (straps, V-neck, sheath, lace), and she wasn’t sure how much they had to offer me but was very enthusiastic and willing to go through everything they had to try to find it. She also was happy to let me try on dresses that weren’t what I described, but I thought were pretty. And she did pick out a few dresses that I vetoed, and she just kept searching! One dress I loved was a beaded tulle/organza dress.. I’m only used to sheath and slim A-line dresses so I’m not sure if it was a ballgown. The skirt floated and felt so magical I almost threw out the idea of a lace dress. The downside is that they don’t tell you what the dress is.. but I know it’s written down in my file there so I can probably find out if I call, which I kind of need to call about pricing anyways. The organza dress was around $1600 I think. I saw that you hated lace in a previous thread, and I think this one might have it on the hem but I can’t remember. I don’t think this dress is white or ivory, so I don’t know if you’ve considered colors other than that. 

    Another store I haven’t gone to in the Baltimore area but heard a lot about is Betsy Robinson. They seem to be a pretty big store. 

    I went to Pronovias in NYC too. I only tried on 2 or 3 dresses there because the majority were ballgowns. The saleswoman was nice but not super friendly, and everything was out of my budget too. Even though your budget is bigger than mine, you might be stretching yours at Pronovias too. Their alterations service is a flat $500 so be aware of that if you want to keep things in-house.

    I’m not familiar with Demetrios pricing, but I would definitely call up some stores and get pricing of your favorites before getting them called in if you haven’t already. Most of the Pronovias started around $2000 and I know Romona is way higher. If you are in the sample size range, then maybe try the Sample Room if you go to NY? http://www.thesampleroomny.com/ I want to go here so bad but afraid that it’ll be useless if they only have one or two dresses in my size. 



    Post # 29
    1530 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

    OP, the dress you are describing sounds like an Alfred Angelo dress?


    My cousin, whom I was a bridesmaid at her wedding, went dress-shopping together — since she’s been through the dress shopping experience before. She made me try it on. It really is a gorgeous dress, but it wasn’t ‘IT’ for me.

    So, if you want an IRL picture, just let me know. If I remember correctly, the gown’s retail price was around $1.2k CAD, before alterations. It’s not a Pronovias though…

    Post # 30
    40 posts
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @TrousseauHorse: Not sure of your budget, but I tried on this dress at David’s.  It has straps, lots of tulle, and is a ballgown.  Not much sparkle, but a beautiful Swarovski brooch detail at the hip.  It retails for $1348, shown here is the Stone color, but it also comes in solid ivory, and in a blush pink.

    Post # 31
    2637 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’ve only skimmed the responses, and while I dont think you need to compromise on straps, but I do think you might have to accept that your life would be a lot easier if you reconsidered having a seamstress add them! In terms of alterations, depending on what kind of straps you want, I think that straps are one of the more simple things to add on a dress! I definitely have a couple friends who had them added! Instead of walking in and saying, “the dress must have straps,” I think you should modify that to “the dress has to be able to have straps easily added” and your options to choose from would GREATLY increase!

    Good luck! 🙂

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